School lunch prices to rise in Keystone

10-cent hike approved

LOCK HAVEN — The Keystone Central School District is raising its lunch prices, but also investigating a “free lunch” program beyond the current subsidized and free-lunch program in place.

At Thursdaynight’s meeting, the board unanimously approved a 10-cent increase per lunch price districtwide, including elementary, middle, high, and adult lunches. Reduced-price lunch prices and milk prices are unchanged.

Starting this coming fall, the new prices will be:

r Elementary lunch price: $2.55.

r Middle and high school lunch prices: $2.75.

r Adult lunch price: $4.00.

r Reduced lunch prices will remain at: $0.40.

r Milk price will remain at: $0.50.

r Elementary and Secondary breakfast prices will remain free.

Community member Kelly McGhee, who was in attendence, asked the board if “there is any way, through the district, to start a program to fund children for their lunch programs for when they don’t have enough money available in their funds?”

Superintendant Kelly Hastings was quick to reply that Keystone Central “does not deny any child a lunch.”

She noted that all children can get their regular lunch, and at the end of the year, Keystone will talk to those kids’ parents and most of the time receive that cost back.

Business Manager Susan Blesh also commented on this subject, stating that Keystone is “not involved in lunch shaming.”

She noted athere is a potential for a free lunch program in the works that the district is exploring, but she cautioned that “it’s a complicated subject and affects a lot of things, including title grants, so we can’t just jump into it.”

Blesh reminded everyone that the district does offer free breakfast already, and that many may not be aware of that fact.

Hastings concluded the regular meeting by stating that it has been “a good year … a great year … in many ways. Our graduations were really beautiful and I want to thank our principals and our staff for the really nice job they did with the graduations.”

In other business, the board approved:

r Leave of absence for Gail Bolopue, cafeteria worker, at Mill Hall Elementary, May 1 through Aug. 14.

r Leave of absence for Ashley Karstetter, housekeeper, at Central Mountain Middle School, on May 8, 9, 10, and 11. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Amber Leitch, custodian, at Central Mountain High School, on May 8, 9, 10, and 11. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Brenda Barth, cafeteria worker, at CMHS on May 11 and 12. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Amy Ammerman, housekeeper, at Mill Hall Elementary, on May 24. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Loretta Stine, cafeteria worker, at Liberty Curtin Elementary, on May 24. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Miranda Bardo, purchasing secretary, Business Office, on May 25 and 31. Absence is uncompensated.

r Employment of the following individuals to work as support staff for the 2017 extended school year program: Virginia Bauman, Linda Delaney, Lori Martin, Susan Beam, Karen Franz, Renee Pearce, Dawn Bechdel, DeAnna Heggenstaller, Melissa Probst, Lisa Bottorf, Deb Houser, Bobbi Reeder, Cody Caris, Florence Kennedy, Casey Ruble, Tammy Confer, Kim Lamey and Kourtney Wooding.

r Employment of Kasandra Goodling as a support substitute for the 2016-2017 school year.

r Employment of the following as bus drivers for Susquehanna Transit Co. for the 2016-2017 school year: Linda Kitchen, Michael Mars and Matthew Smith.

r The following as volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year: Alison Botek, Carla Lodek, Thomas Temple, Kari Boyle, Sarah Lugg, Nhan Tran, Javier Cordero, Brian Myers, John Wilson, Stacey Cordero, Amanda Packer, Joycelynn Young, Scotty Gunsallus, Bethany Probst, Laural Zerbe, John Herb and Renee Serafini.

r The resignation of Miranda Bardo, purchasing secretary, effective June 20, and eliminate that position due to reorganization in the business office.

r Named Diane Burkey at CMMS, and Teresa Meadows, at CMHS, as lead custodians during the summer months.

r Leave of absence for Gretchen Warren, school psychologist itinerant, on April 3. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Candy Moore, cosmetology teacher, at Career and Technology Center, on May 11. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Mallory Ward, long-term substitute music teacher, at Robb/Woodward Elementary Schools, for May 11, 12, and 19. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Kelly Losch, 4th grade teacher, at Dickey Elementary School, on May 17. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Katherine Dewing, health and physical education teacher, at CMMS, on May 19. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Lynzee Sox, life skills teacher, at CMHS, on May 23 and 25. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Ashley Crust, itinerant music teacher, on June 12. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Chris Hausammann, English teacher, at CMHS, June 14 through Aug. 16. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Pamela Temons, science teacher, at CMHS for the 2017-2018 school year. Absence is uncompensated.

r Leave of absence for Alyssa Coakley, special education teacher, at CMHS, Aug. 17 through approximately Oct. 6.

r Leave of absence for Carol Long, ESL teacher, at Robb Elementary School, beginning Aug. 17 through approximately Oct. 9.

r Leave of absence for Kira McDermit, fifth grade CSR teacher, at Dickey Elementary, Aug. 17 through approximately Sept. 5.

r Childrearing leave of absence for Carol Long, ESL teacher, at Robb Elementary, Oct. 10 through Nov. 28.

r Approve Kaylin Smith to work as student monitor substitute, at Dickey Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year.

r Employment of the following individuals to work as professional staff for the 2017 extended school year program:

r Gene Bennett, Jen Marquardt, Nora Simcox, Brandi Boob, Chryssie Miller, Jen Steinbacher, Ginny Council, Mike Poorman, Angie Waltz, Kelly Deems, Suzanne Rainey, Amanda Packer, Jamie Gentzyel, Mark Ruggiers, Terry Register, Stephanie Kennedy, Jen Rutecki, Len Rutecki and Brett Kleckner.

r Employment of Cole Bitner, Donna Mayes, Chryssie Miller, Judith Petruzzi, Len Rutecki and Mike Smith as 2017 summer school instructors.

r Salary and step place adjustment for Kristin R. Lyons, sixth grade teacher, at CMMS, in the amount of $220.50. She will be advanced to MS2; adjustment amount is for 40 days at the MS2 pay rate.

r Resignation of Lauren Smith, itinerant speech and language teacher, effective June 13.

r Resignation of Amanda Stine, itinerant art teacher, effective June 13.

r Resignation of Laurie Troyer, music teacher, at CMMS, effective June 14.

r Retirement of Michael Burg, multi-disability teacher, at Mill Hall Elementary, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year, with 27 years of service.

r Retirement of Robert Piper, Spanish teacher, at Bucktail Middle/High School, effective the end of the 2016-2017 school year, with 25 years of service.

r The employment of Hannah Shady as assistant volleyball coach at CMMS/CMHS effective June 16, at a salary of $4,055.00 Position is the result of the newly created Jr. High Volleyball Team.

r The employment of Nora Simcox as assistant girls soccer coach at CMMS/CMHS, effective June 16 at a salary of $4,055.00 Position is the result of the assistant’s position being open when the head coach resigned.

r The resignation of Jacqueline Cupp as dance team advisor/band front coach at CMMS/CMHS effective June 16.

r The resignation of Blake Bergey as percussion instructor at CMMS/CMHS, effective June 16.

r Jocelynn Ziegmann as a Central Mountain Band voluneer for 2017-2018.

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